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Visibility of eTwinning Projects Group July 2014 Newsletter -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------In eTwinning projects we need qualitative results like this, considered important in many fields because it enables one to analyze, evaluate, explain, and restructure their thinking, thereby decreasing the risk of adopting, acting on, or thinking with, a false belief. The phases of critical thinking are: - trigger event – an unexpected happening that prompts a sense of inter-discomfort and perplexity; - appraisal – a period of self scrutinizing to identify and clarify the concern; - exploration – search for ways to explain discrepancy of to live with them; - developing alternative perspectives – select those assumptions and activities that seem the most satisfactory and congruent; - integration – becoming comfortable with, and acting on, new ideas, new assumptions and new ways of thinking. This is a Knowledge Model based on Critical Thinking Skills, from figuring out solutions to complex problems. eTwinners’ critical thinking “to do” list How to improve critical thinking skills in eTwinning projects? Scheffer and Rubenfeld (2000 & 2001) discuss critical thinking habits and critical thinking skills. For each of the critical thinking skills shown below, they give a number of activity statements. Critical thinking habits and critical thinking skills – Scheffer and Rubenfeld (2000 & 2001): Analyzing: Separating or breaking a whole into parts to discover their nature, functional and relationships. -"I studied it piece by piece" -"I sorted things out" Applying Standards: Judging according to established personal, professional, or social rules or criteria. -"I judged it according to..." Discriminating: Recognizing differences and similarities among things or situations and distinguishing carefully as to category or rank. -"I rank ordered the various..." -"I grouped things together" Information Seeking: Searching for evidence, facts, or knowledge by identifying relevant sources and gathering objective, subjective, historical, and current data from those sources -"I knew I needed to lookup/study..." -"I kept searching for data." Logical Reasoning: Drawing inferences or conclusions that are supported in or justified by evidence -"I deduced from the information that..." -"My rationale for the conclusion was..." A well-cultivated eTwinner is a critical thinker:  Raises vital questions and problems, formulating them clearly and precisely.  Gathers and assesses relevant information, using abstract ideas to interpret it effectively.  Comes to well-reasoned conclusions and solutions, testing them against relevant criteria and standards.  Thinks open-mindedly within alternative systems of thought, recognizing and assessing, as needs be, their assumptions, implications, and practical consequences.  Communicates effectively with others in Predicting: Envisioning a plan and its consequences -"I envisioned the outcome would be..." -"I was prepared for..." Transforming Knowledge: Changing or converting the condition, nature, form, or function of concepts among contexts -"I improved on the basics by..." -"I wondered if that would fit the situation of ..." A number of homework problems have been included that are designed to enhance critical thinking skills. Critical thinking \